Activists want CAR Day with ‘politics of change’

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Saturday, April 20, 2013


THE Cordillera People’s Alliance (CPA) wants the celebration of the Cordillera Day from April 23 to 26 as the start for a politics of change and not just the usual celebration.

CPA Secretary General Abigail Anongos said it is time for leaders to act on several issues in the region like development aggression, militarization, human rights violations, mining, and the continuing economic crisis, among others.

Anongos said they will continue their struggle to attain justice and answers to these issues. She revealed they will hold several cultural presentations, messages of solidarity, community workshops on the issues, rallies, and information drive to inform the public on their rights.

“Assert our right to self determination and the politics of change” is the theme of the militants’ celebration. The CPA targets to gather around 7,000 delegates from other regions and even overseas to join them in their celebrations. Most of their activities will be held at Malcolm Square and Igorot Park in Baguio City.

The CPA wants the government to recognize the indigenous people’s rights which include the right to ancestral lands, territories, and resources.

The militants also want the government to respect the democratic rights and the freedom of the oppressed and exploited people. They further said there should be freedom from the dictates of foreign interests.

Anongos and other officials of the CPA urge the public to make a change this May 2013 election through voting the worthy leaders who will uphold and protect the rights of the people.

“Thirty–two years after the death of Macliing Dulag, on the occasion of Cordillera Day 2013, we affirm our commitment to the politics of change and assert our right to national sovereignty, democracy and self – determination. Today, we raise our fists and join hands in our resolve to continue the noble struggle started by our ancestors in defense of our ancestral lands and our rights to self – determination. We will participate in whatever way we can in the Cordillera peoples’ movement until we realize genuine and lasting change for ourselves and for the future generations,” reads the statement of the alliance.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 20, 2013.

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